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FDA OKs new depression treatment for first time in decades—but it comes with a strong warning

March 6, 2019

FDA on Tuesday approved a nasal spray antidepressant derived from the anesthetic ketamine to treat adults with severe depression who do not respond to other treatments, but the agency included a boxed warning on the drug and has stipulated that it can only be administered in a health care facility.

HHS wants to fix kidney care system that 'pays for sickness rather than health,' Azar says

March 6, 2019

HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Monday said CMS' Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is looking to change how Medicare pays for dialysis treatments and to increase the number of kidneys that are available for transplant.

15 US children died from flu in one week, CDC data show

March 6, 2019

Between 20.4 million and 23.6 million people have been diagnosed with influenza so far this flu season, according to the latest CDC data.

Amazon becomes latest tech company to pull anti-vaccine content

March 5, 2019

Amazon on Friday reportedly removed anti-vaccine documentaries from its video streaming service, following similar moves by Google and Facebook in response to letters from Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) that urged the companies to limit consumers' exposure to misinformation.

Senate Finance Committee chair relaunches probe into nonprofit hospitals' tax exemptions

March 5, 2019

Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) last month renewed his investigation into whether nonprofit hospitals are meeting uncompensated care and other requirements for tax exemptions.

CMS will penalize 800 hospitals for hospital-acquired conditions, the latest data show

March 4, 2019

This fiscal year, 800 hospitals will face monetary penalties under Medicare's Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program—the highest number since the program was established five years ago. See how hospitals fared with American Health Line's interactive pay-for-performance map.

Eli Lilly will launch half-priced version of popular insulin drug

March 4, 2019

Amid growing scrutiny over rising insulin prices, Eli Lilly on Monday announced it will sell a generic version of its Humalog insulin injection at a list price 50% lower than Humalog's current price.

What do we actually know about CBD? (Hint: Not much.)

March 4, 2019

Cannabidiol (CBD)-infused products are popping up everywhere from coffee shops to corner markets, promising to ease anxiety, soothe eczema, and even treat diabetes—but experts warn that these products are unregulated, and very little is known about CBD's medicinal effects or potential hazards.

FDA warns against using robots to assist with breast cancer surgeries

March 4, 2019

FDA in a public safety notice published Thursday warned health care providers and patients that the agency has not approved the use of surgical robots for mastectomy procedures or the prevention and treatment of cancer.

Inslee joins swath of Democrats seeking presidency. Here's his record on health care.

March 1, 2019

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Friday announced he is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination with a campaign focused on climate change, which he said "touches the heart of things so many of us care about: our jobs, our health, our safety and our children's future."

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